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Simply stated, impACT is an innovative way to get New Life out of our church campus and into our community. We want to bless our community and world by serving its people in practical ways. Because it transcends all cultural barriers, love is our greatest language, and impACT gives us ready and convenient ways to speak this language fluently by investing our hearts, talents, and time in others.
Volunteering is a very highly held value by the people of Sonoma County. At New Life, we support and affirm that value which calls us to live for purposes outside of our own comfort, convenience, and pleasure. impACT is designed to build a very strong bridge between the people of New Life and the people-serving causes within our community and world. Our hope is that we can also serve as a role model for other churches to begin building their bridges as well.
It’s clear from a reading of His life that Jesus focused His time and energies on three great causes — those which spread the good news of His Kingdom, those which served and elevated the marginalized and oppressed, and those which relieved human suffering. Our eleven Partner Causes have been curated to reflect a balance among all three of these. Additionally, they have been curated to make sure their leadership works with integrity, it values its volunteers, and provides a healthy and structured work environment for them.
We are so excited to introduce you to the many organizations we have partnered with to impact the communities of Sonoma County and beyond.
Our church has been sending mission teams to a small town in Mexico for about 20 years now. The town of Vincente Guerrero, located in the San Quintin valley, has been our designated area to work because of the extreme poverty and need. Today we partner regularly with four different causes in this valley — a church (La Puerta Del Cielo), a center for children too poor to go to public schools (Every Kid’s Hope), a shelter for abused women and their children (Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo…New Beginnings for Women), and YWAM (Youth With A Mission, an international Christian organization that supervises the building of houses in the valley). Annually in June we take a group of people on a week-long mission trip to work with these organizations and to expose our church family to mission work outside of our own community.
New Life has a long history of partnering with this great mission in the southernmost state in India. KCCM has established more than 35 churches, created an orphanage for dozens of destitute children, and founded two English medium schools for middle to low income families. Together these schools enroll more than 2,500 students. The commitment to serve in this cause is significant because it usually involves making a two-week trip to southern India to work in the schools, churches, and/or orphanage. Nevertheless, volunteers with appropriate skill sets, a hardy physical constitution, and a sense of God’s calling are encouraged to inquire.
With a mission statement that reads “Mobilizing the community to minister to the needy so that lives are transformed”, RGM is a group of compassionate Christian people who do more than just feed, clothe, and house the needy. Where possible, they help them experience life transformation through receiving the good news of Jesus and participating in programs designed to give them the life and people skills required to thrive in our world. Volunteer opportunities are open year-round to assist at various community outreach events or with the wintertime Nomadic Shelter hosted by New Life.
This great foundation was founded by a heart transplant recipient right here at New Life. Having gone through the heart transplant experience, Denise realized all heart transplant recipients must overcome many financial obstacles not readily apparent to the general public. So, she wanted to do something to help patients and their families pay for the costs associated with transplant that insurance doesn’t cover. The largest of these is the medically required post transplant housing costs. Most of us aren’t aware that transplant patients are required to relocate within a short drive of their transplant hospital upon their discharge. This temporary relocation can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Insurance rarely covers that, and this is where HHF steps in to help.
Since August of 2020, HHF has now assisted just under 20 heart transplant recipients with these expenses. HHF serves all of the Northern California transplant hospitals. Patients come from all over to receive their transplants at Bay Area hospitals and HHF has served patients from California, Oregon and Hawaii. Providing housing assistance to these amazing patients allows the recipient and their family to focus on healing and recovery instead of the potential for financial devastation.
New Life volunteers are used to help HHF in their fundraising efforts by tracking down and preparing items to be auctioned off or sold. They can also help market and support virtual cycling, walking and running events held throughout the year.
This Partner Cause is dedicated to enriching lives through the power of horses, team, and community. Through the excellence of their equine programs, people of all ages, means, challenges, and diversities experience the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and activities. Volunteers are trained to supervise and assist those who ride, as well as how to properly care for and nurture the horses.
Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. U
Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. As a result, the community becomes more cohesive with these cross-generational and often cross-cultural mentoring relationships. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset. MMP currently has a list of young people needing a mentor. A caring heart and a desire to help a young person are the main characteristics needed to be a mentor.
PPSC provides assistance to over 12,000 of our Petaluma neighbors in need, through 59 human services programs, all based on best practices that achieve positive, measurable outcomes. PPSC does all this through a community of caregivers who share a common mission: to help relieve suffering and make people’s lives better. With 59 different service programs offered, PPSC can use volunteers in a variety of fields.
When our campus was initially being converted from a warehouse to our church home, we sensed God was leading us to build it in a way that our campus could be used as excellent evacuation shelter so we would be prepared to serve the people of our community in the event of a disaster. This was put to the test in 2017 and 2019 when wildfires struck Santa Rosa and other areas nearby. We had the amazing privilege of housing, feeding, and caring for more than 500 displaced people each time.
It takes a huge core of volunteers to do this, and also a team of trained shelter managers to ensure we are ready to ramp up when the need arises. New Life’s shelter works in concert with our city’s Emergency Operations Center to provide shelter and resources for people during times of regional emergency.
New Life has been a host site for the Global Leadership Summit for the past seven years. Worldwide, more than 400,000 people from 60 different countries attend the Summit annually. The Summit offers an unparalleled investment in the development of healthy leadership skills. Presenters come from churches, business, education, government, non-profits, and everyday life where great leaders are found.
The Summit is one of the primary ways we invest in the development of leaders in our community. Hosting the Summit requires a number of volunteers each year.
RTP is a non-profit organization in our community that brings people together to perform critical home repairs and revitalization projects for our low-income neighbors, seniors, and the disabled in need.
This is a great cause for those who like to work with their hands doing minor to medium home repairs, yard work, general cleanup, maintenance, and just anything else that needs to be done to properly maintain a house and property.
Each year thousands of children are removed from their biological families because of abuse and neglect. These children need and deserve a loving home that can give them a sense of care, security, safety, and stability. And yet, research shows that up to 80% of the children in North America who end up being sex trafficked come from the foster care system. This is unacceptable, and we want to make a difference. FTC is a coalition of 205 Partner Churches that currently fosters 498 children in 280 different homes right here in the Bay Area.
FTC uses volunteers to help host events, support foster families, and become foster parents.